Great wealth isn't limited to Republicans

Democrats have their hands in the cookie jar too

January 26, 2012

I usually read Dan Rodricks' commentaries to get his left of center take on local and national issues because he supports his points. However, in his latest piece about Mitt Romney he demonstrates the same class warfare that the current administration uses to castigate those who have followed the rules, taken risks and profited from their investments ("A man out of tune with the times," Jan. 22).

Mr. Rodricks shows he has drunk the Democratic Kool-Aid by implying that Mr. Romney is part of a movement by the rich to regain the presidency.

Mr. Rodricks should know that the rich are already in Congress, and they're using their positions to benefit themselves by getting even richer, especially when they can take advantage of unreleased insider trader news from hearings on defense spending initiatives or proposed banking regulations.

The "one-percenters" in Congress are truly bipartisan. According to a recent study by the Center for Responsive Politics, Congress in 2009 had 244 members who were millionaires, including 106 Democrats. Of the top 10 with a net worth $94 million or more, six were Democrats.

Mr. Rodricks' calling Republicans unworthy one percenters is like the pot calling the kettle black. The foxes in power are already ruling the chicken roost, us, and maybe a wealthy candidate is better since that person wouldn't need to confuse personal gain with public service.

Charles Herr, Baltimore

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